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Books and Reading: Book Clubs

So many books, so little time. Let us lead you to your next great read through the resources available in this guide.

Tulsa Library Book Club Roundup

Looking to join a book club? 

Take a look at this list of library discussion groups and their upcoming selections! Click on the library name for more information about that particular branch.

Bixby Library - Bixby Adult Book Discussion meets the 3rd Wednesday of the month, 2:00-3:00pm. Variety of titles and genres. NEXT UP: May 16th - The Comfort Food Diaries by Emily Nunn.

Broken Arrow Library - Cover to Cover Adult Book Club meets the 1st Tuesday of the month, 6:30-7:30pm. Variety of titles and genres. NEXT UP: May 1st - Reader's Choice. Bring 3 of your favorite titles to discuss with the group. 

Brookside Library - Brookside Book Discussion Group meets the 2nd Monday of the month, 1:30-2:30pm. Variety of titles and genres. NEXT UP: May 14th - Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng.

Central Library - Central Book Discussion Group the last Thursday of the month, 2:00pm (beginning January 2018). Variety of titles and genres. NEXT UP: April 26th - The Radium Girls by Kate Moore.

Collinsville Library - Collinsville Book Discussion Group meets the 2nd Tuesday of the month, 12:00-1:00pm. Variety, though mostly mysteries, suspense, and women's fiction. NEXT UP: May 8th - A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman.

Glenpool Library - Cookbook Club meets the 3rd Tuesday of the month, 6:30-7:45pm. Cookbooks - participants try out recipes to bring to meetings. Registration required. Register online or call 918-549-7323. NEXT UP: May 15th - Focus is on picnic food.

Hardesty Library - The Litwits meet the 1st Wednesday of the month, 6:30-7:30pm. Ages 25 and up. Variety of titles and genres, mostly fiction. NEXT UP: May 2nd - The Leavers by Lisa Ko.

Helmerich Library - Coffee Chat and Books meets one Wednesday a month (except summer months), 12:00-1:00pm. Variety of titles and genres. NEXT UP: April 25th - Come discuss possible future book group selections.

Helmerich Library - Mainly Mysteries meets the last Tuesday of the month (except summer months), 6:00-7:15pm. Focuses on mysteries and mystery sub-genres. NEXT UP: April 24th - Call 918-549-7323 for more information on this month's meeting. 

Jenks Library - Jenks Library Book Discussion Group meets the 3rd Thursday of the month (except August), 1:30-2:30pm. Variety of titles and genres. NEXT UP: May 17th - Call 918-549-7323 for featured title and more information. 

Literacy Department - Literacy Book Club meets last Monday of the month (except May and December) 6:30-7:30pm at COLS (2901 S Harvard). Variety of titles and genres, mostly fiction; usually about 200 pages and Lexile 6th grade and below. Call ahead if attending first time (918-549-7400). NEXT UP: April 30th - The Hunting Accident by David L. Carson.

Martin Library - Full Cup Book Club meets the 2nd Wednesday of the month, 10:00-11:00am. Variety of titles and genres. NEXT UP: May 9th - Exit West by Mohsin Hamid.

Martin Library - Cookbook Club meets the Last Monday of the month, 7:00-8:00pm. Choose a recipe from a cookbook, make it, and bring the dish and book to eat and discuss. NEXT UP: April 30th - focus on side dishes.

Schusterman-Benson Library - The Mystery Reader Roundtable meets the 1st Thursday of the month, 2:00-4:00pm. Focuses on mystery genre. NEXT UP: May 3rd - Come discuss your recent reads and favorites.

South Broken Arrow Library - Beyond the Book meets the 2nd Thursday of the month, 2:00-3:00pm. Focuses on historical fiction, with some variation. NEXT UP: May 10th - One Plus One by Jojo Moyes.

South Broken Arrow Library - In the Middle meets the last Monday of the month, 6:30-7:30pm. For ages 9-12. Variety of titles and genres in Tween fiction. NEXT UP: April 30th - Call 918-549-7323 for this month's title.

Suburban Acres Library - Sista' Chat Book Club meets every three months, time and date varies. Variety of titles and genres. Call 918-549-7323 for more info on next meeting.

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This Week's Pick for Book Clubs

‚ÄčAnything Is Possible by Elizabeth Strout

/* Starred Review */ In her latest work, Strout achieves new levels of masterful storytelling. Damaged lives can be redeemed but, as she eloquently demonstrates in this powerful, sometimes shocking, often emotionally wrenching novel, the emotional scars can last forever. If some readers felt that Strout’s previous novel, My Name Is Lucy Barton, was too subtle and oblique about Lucy’s hellish childhood, here Strout reveals specific details of the horrible circumstances in which Lucy and her siblings were raised, as recollected by some of the inhabitants of Amgash, Ill., and the surrounding communities. Using the novel-in-stories format of Olive Kitteridge, Strout again proves Tolstoy’s observation that each family is unhappy in its own way. Except for one episode in which Lucy herself comes back for a tortured sibling reunion, she is the absent but omnipresent thread that weaves among the dozen or so characters who are have suffered secret misery and are longing for love and understanding. Some are lucky: one of the five Mumford sisters reunites with her runaway mother in Italy; another, an angry young girl, is suddenly able to see the way to a brighter future. Others, including a Vietnam veteran with PTSD and a rich woman who is complicit in her husband’s depraved behavior survive despite the baggage of tortured memories. “They had grown up on shame; it was the nutrient of their soil,” one character acknowledges. Strout’s prose is pared down, yet rich with implication. It is left for the character in the final episode, Lucy’s cousin Abel, who despite a similarly deprived childhood is now a happy and successful business executive, husband, father, and grandfather, to observe, in what may be his final moments, that “Anything was possible for anyone.” (Publishers Weekly)

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